'Unreal signing', 'Makes me sad' - Leeds fans react as PL giants in reported hunt to sign ex-star
By Richard Parks
Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to react with pride and frustration that Liverpool are in the hunt to sign their academy product Lewis Cook for £20million this summer.
The Sun claim manager Jurgen Klopp has identified Cook as a potential replacement for Emre Can this summer and scouts from the Premier League giants have been closely monitoring him during his two seasons at Bournemouth.
Can’s contract is due to expire at the end of the current season and he is poised to join Italian giant Juventus on a free transfer.
The Sun report that Liverpool have tracked Cook since he left boyhood club Leeds in the summer of 2016 to move to the Cherries for an initial fee of around £6million.
The England youngster had a difficult debut campaign in which an ankle injury restricted his progress but he has blossomed under Eddie Howe this season and has been a mainstay for the team that looks well placed to avoid the tight relegation battle at the bottom of the Premier League.
The Elland Road academy product made 85 appearances for Leeds after making his debut aged 17 and he was regarded as the team’s outstanding player before his exit.
Fans of the Yorkshire giants are in no doubt about Cook’s calibre, dubbing him a “great player” who would be an “unreal signing” for Liverpool but are frustrated that he is no longer at Leeds.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Lewis Cook would be an unreal signing for Liverpool
— Ry (@Ryanhanson96) February 26, 2018
@DN1892 this makes me sad???? he’s a great player would do bits at Liverpool
— Adam (@AdamGodfrey_93) February 26, 2018
We got any sell on clause??
— Adam Room (@AdamRoom17) February 26, 2018
Lewis Cook to Liverpool would be a class move for him.. Hope Leeds have some sort of sell on clause tho.. What a player he is and will be #LUFC
— ROSSii (@MrROSSii1990) February 26, 2018
— ZL (@SupremeJansson) February 26, 2018
The £20m being quoted for Lewis Cook is what we should have got in 2016…. going to captain England is that lad. #lufc
— Michael G (@MGlufc) February 26, 2018
— Leeds Fan (@LeedsFanz) February 26, 2018
Lewis Cook to Liverpool for £20m??? #lufc
— Will (@ArchaeoWill) February 26, 2018
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.